7 Ways New Moms Can Decompress and Find Peace of Mind After Baby
February 19, 2018
Having a baby changes everything. You transition from being more self-oriented to being fully engaged in the care of a tiny human. And that transition can be difficult. Today, we’re sharing seven ways new moms can decompress and find peace of mind after baby.
1. Schedule some “me” time.
Whether it’s five minutes, or an hour, actually writing down a timeframe for some “me” time can be really effective. Give yourself permission to nap while the baby naps, or to let your significant other take a shift while you relax. You’ll be amazed by how much setting a concrete schedule will help you establish a routine, and give you something to look forward to. Plus, you need to rest and recover too.
2. Practice yoga and/or meditation.
The great thing about technology is you have a wealth of it at your fingertips. Therefore, you don’t even have to leave your house to find some amazing yoga videos and meditation practices. Some are as short as five minutes long, but can really help reset your stress levels and provide a calming influence throughout the day. Find what works for you, and enjoy the positive effects.
3. Go outside.
Never underestimate the power of a breath of fresh air and a little bit of sunshine. And, if it’s not currently sunshiny where you live, a change of scenery is always a good thing. Especially if nature is involved. So whether it’s a little walk around the neighborhood or a short trip to a local park, get outside.
4. Ask for help.
Never be afraid to ask your loved ones for help. Maybe it’s your significant other or maybe your mom, a close friend or a trusted neighbor. Regardless of who it is, you will have people in your life who are more than willing to help. And they’ll ask you what they can do. So, tell them, and allow them to help you out when you need a break.
5. Treat yourself.
I feel like all of the world’s problems could be solved by a good massage, but maybe that’s just me. In all seriousness, a massage or other spa treatment can be restorative and help you decompress. If something like that is out of your budget, grab your favorite nail polish and have your own little mani/pedi session. Or buy your favorite treat from your local bakery. Or go see a movie all by yourself. Maybe you can just binge watch all of this show again. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself, even if it’s just a tiny bit.
6. Call a friend.
Sometimes you just need one (or more) of your ladies. Never underestimate the empowerment that can come from communing with your friends. It’s an important way to process stress and handle it accordingly. Plus, it’s always nice to chat.
7. Take up an old hobby.
Taking up an old hobby is a great way to connect to who you were before you had your baby. Because it’s really easy to forget, especially during those first few months. It’s important to remember that it’s healthy to have your own interests and pursue them. Maybe you’re a serious pianist or a decent watercolorist. Maybe you used to cross stitch when you were ten and have always wanted to take it up again. Whatever the activity is, reconnect with something you enjoyed and allow it to become a new way to relax and enjoy yourself.
New moms: what are some ways you like to decompress?
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